Could AMC Kill 'The Killing' Yet Again? - Scripted Cable Renew/Cancel Status Through December 15, 2012

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December 15th, 2012

No predictions, just statuses. If it's past the date below, click here to see if there are updates.

Last Updated December 21, 2012

As of this writing The Killing is still not officially resurrected for a third season despite any reports to the contrary that you may have read. But the production team had been mobilizing in preparation for an official pick-up from AMC. The one-word question that news generally elicited was: why?

The theory I saw posited by many that made the most sense to me was that even though AMC had picked up Hell On Wheels for a third season, when the muckity mucks on the production team quit, the show's future was in limbo. AMC needed something to fill that void in case things didn't move forward with Hell On Wheels, and that was The Killing.

But with a new showrunner on board, Hell On Wheels is no longer in limbo. It's pick-up of 10 episodes is officially official. What does that mean for The Killing? Is there a 'The Killing: Now More Canceled Than Ever!" post coming in the future?  If the theory outlined above was behind the talks of its revival, one might speculate the news about Hell On Wheels isn't good news for The Killing.

If a third season of The Killing is not to be, that news will certainly get out. But don't be surprised if there's no official statement from AMC. While in a somewhat rare move AMC did officially make a statement about cancelling The Killing, it hasn't officially commented on its revival yet.

Changes This Week:

Besides the update to Hell On Wheels, this week's other changes all involved TV Land shows -- The Soul Man and The Exes were renewed while Retired At 35 was canceled.

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Most of the shows on the list have statuses - if there isn't a status that just means there has been no announcement at the time of the most recent update (see date at top of post and/or above the table below).

If you find errors or omissions (excluding unscripted shows, kids shows or shows that have not aired yet) please note them in the comments and I'll update the table.

Notes:

  • Kids shows and Adult Swim shows are not on the list below
  • I've seen some squawking about shows on the list below that are owned/created by networks/studios outside of the United States. For purposes of this list, which focuses on U.S. cable networks, I'm only focused on where the shows air here in U.S.
  • Shows from overseas like Downton Abbey & Sherlock that air on PBS in the U.S. are not in the list below (PBS is not a cable network), though ITV has renewed Downton Abbey for a 4th season in the UK which will ultimately air in the states.
  • Despite some current inconsistencies in the table below, I do not intend to track episode orders or return dates specifically in this table at this time. The primary goal of the table is: what's been renewed, what's been canceled, and what shows fates haven't been decided yet.

Last Updated December 21, 2012
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Show Network Current / Last Season Status
Breakout Kings A&E 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Glades, The A&E 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Longmire A&E 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Baby Daddy ABCFAM 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Bunheads ABCFAM 1 Extended S1 continues in January
Jane by Design ABCFAM 1 Cancelled after 1st season
Lying Game, The ABCFAM 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Melissa & Joey ABCFAM 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Pretty Little Liars ABCFAM 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Secret Life of the American Teenager ABCFAM 5 Upcoming 2nd half of 5th season will be its last
Switched At Birth ABCFAM 1 Renewed for 20 episode 2nd season
Breaking Bad AMC 5 Ending after 5th season
Hell on Wheels AMC 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd season
Mad Men AMC 5 Renewed for a 6th season
The Killing AMC 2 Canceled after 2nd season; then reportedly uncancelled
The Walking Dead AMC 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Bedlam BBCA 2
Being Human BBCA 4 Renewed for a 6 Episode 5th Season
Copper BBCA 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Doctor Who BBCA 7 If you got into your TARDIS and went a mere year into the future, you'd see it's renewed
Luther BBCA 2 Renewed for 4 Episode 3rd Season
The Hour BBCA 2
tvbythenumbers.com
Game, The BET 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Let's Stay Together BET 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Reed Between The Lines BET 1 Renewed for a 2nd Season
Futurama CMDY 7 Second half of 26 episode S7 still to air in 2013
South Park CMDY 16 Renewed through 20th season (2016)
Workaholics CMDY 3 Renewed for 13 episode 4th & 5th Seasons
American Horror Story FX 2 Renewed for a 13 hour third season
Anger Management FX 1 Renewed for 90 additional episodes (100 total)
Archer FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season
It's Always Sunny... FX 8 Renewedfor a 9th season
Justified FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season
League, The FX 4 Renewed for a 13 episode 5th season
Louie FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season but will not return until 2014
Sons Of Anarchy FX 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Unsupervised FX 1 Cancelled according to Glenn Howerton
Wilfred FX 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
tvbythenumbers.com
Boardwalk Empire HBO 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Bored to Death HBO 3 Canceled after 3rd season
Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO 8 Unknown. "It's always up to Larry," says HBO
Eastbound & Down HBO 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Enlightened HBO 1 Renewed for 10 episode 2nd season
Game of Thrones HBO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Girls HBO 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
How to Make it in America HBO 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Hung HBO 3 Canceled after 3rd season
Newsroom HBO 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Treme HBO 3 Renewed for 5 episode 4th and final season
True Blood HBO 5 Renewed for a 10 episode 6th season
Veep HBO 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Bullet in the Face IFC 1
Portlandia IFC 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Todd Margaret IFC 2 Ended after 2nd season
Army Wives LIFE 6 Renewed for a 13 episode 7th season
Client List, The LIFE 1 Renewed for a 15 episode 2nd season
Drop Dead Diva LIFE 4
tvbythenumbers.com
Hunted MAX 1 BBC One not moving forward with 2nd season, Cinemax is considering its options.
Strike Back MAX 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Awkward MTV 2 Renewed for 20 episode 3rd season
Beavis and Butt-Head MTV
The Inbetweeners MTV 1 canceled after 1st season
Teen Wolf MTV 2 Renewed for 24 episode 3rd season
Underemployed MTV 1
Californication SHO 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Dexter SHO 7 Renewed for an 8th (and presumed final) Season
Episodes SHO 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Homeland SHO 2 Renewed for 12 episode 3rd season
House of Lies SHO 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Nurse Jackie SHO 4 Renewed for a 5th season
Shameless SHO 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
The Big C SHO 3 Renewed for a 4th and final season
The Borgias SHO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Web Therapy SHO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Weeds SHO 8 Series concluded after 8th season
Alphas SYFY 2
Being Human SYFY 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Eureka SYFY 5 Canceled After 5th Season
Haven SYFY 3 Renewed for a 13 episode 4th season
Lost Girl SYFY 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Merlin SYFY 5 Ending after 5th season
Sanctuary SYFY 4 Cancelled after 4th season
Warehouse 13 SYFY 4 S4 expanded to 20 episodes (half have aired)
Boss STARZ 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Magic City STARZ 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Spartacus STARZ 3 Renewed for a 4th and final season
Cougar Town TBS 3 Renewed for a 15 episode 4th season
Men At Work TBS 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Sullivan & Son TBS 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Tyler Perrys: For Better Or Worse TBS 2 currently airing *35* episode 2nd season
Tyler Perrys: House of Payne TBS 8 concluded after 8th season
Wedding Band TBS 1
tvbythenumbers.com
Dallas TNT 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Falling Skies TNT 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Franklin & Bash TNT 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Leverage TNT 5 Canceled after 5th season
Major Crimes TNT 1 Renewed for a 15 episode 2nd season
Perception TNT 1 Renewed for a 13 episode 2nd season
Rizzoli & Isles TNT 3 Renewed for a 15 episode fourth season
Southland TNT 4 Renewed for 10 episode 5th season
The Closer TNT 7 Concluded after 7th season
Exes, The TVLAND 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd season
Happily Divorced TVLAND 2
Hot In Cleveland TVLAND 4
Retired At 35 TVLAND 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Soul Man, The TVLAND 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season.
tvbythenumbers.com
Burn Notice USA 6 renewed for a 13 episode 7th season
Common Law USA 1 canceled after 1st season
Covert Affairs USA 3 Renewed for a 16 episode fourth season
Fairly Legal USA 2 Canceled after 2nd season
In Plain Sight USA 5 Canceled After 5th Season
Necessary Roughness USA 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Political Animals USA 1 mini-series, USA says there won't be more
Psych USA 6 Renewed for an 8 episode 8th season, S7 premieres 2/27/13
Royal Pains USA 4 Renewed for 5th & 6th Seasons (26 episodes total)
Suits USA 2 Renewed for a 16 episode 3rd season
White Collar USA 4 Renewed for a 16 episode 5th season
Single Ladies VH1 2 Renewed for a 3rd season

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  • Andrew

    Really hope Killing’s not re-cancelled, probably shouldn’t have put so much stock in all the rumors

  • THE OLD MAN

    Not surprised w/ Retired At 35 being canceled & never understood the following (or lack thereof) for “The Killing.”

  • DW

    as a fan of television for close to 40 years now , a canceled show is never shocking. disappointment yes. shocking. no. the walking dead could be cancelled due to anything.

  • Jenny

    I am so utterly lost.I thought Netflix was reviving The Killing not AMC.

  • DW

    @ jenny the rumor was that both netflix and amc would produce the next season together.

  • The End

    Problem really is that with The Walking Dead setting records, AMC will want their other shows to perform better than they currently are, the bar has been raised so to speak at AMC and they can afford to be picky with what shows they keep and what shows they axe now.

  • Jane Elliot

    I’m starting to wonder if we’re ever going to get a renewal decision on Drop Dead Diva and Leverage.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I believe Cinemax has decided to go ahead with Hunted. However, while the character of Sam will be kept, the show will be “re-conceptualized” as Cinemax admitted the show as it was would be too expensive to be done without the support of the BBC, So the show will get either a “season two” or a new “season one”, depending on your viewpoint.

    The show could be slow at times, but it was pretty good.

  • JulieDawn

    LMAO – I adore the ‘Doctor Who’ status!!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’m starting to wonder if we’re ever going to get a renewal decision on Drop Dead Diva and Leverage.”

    You’ll get decisions.

    You probably won’t get announcements if they are canceled, but the news will eventually get out.

  • Joseph

    We’ve got to get the Cancellation Bear an assistant who can cancel cable shows.

    Maybe we can recruit a Cancellation Wolf to do the job!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “We’ve got to get the Cancellation Bear an assistant who can cancel cable shows.

    Maybe we can recruit a Cancellation Wolf to do the job!”

    The bear, and any other anthropomorphized animals we can imagine ourselves into, are just not up to it.

  • Nicholas R.

    What about Duck Dynasty? It’s not on the list…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    The bear, and any other anthropomorphized animals we can imagine ourselves into, are just not up to it.

    I remain hopeful that sooner or later the Cancellation Clown will make an impromptu appearance some summer day!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    What about Duck Dynasty? It’s not on the list…

    this list is for scripted shows only. While there are reasonable arguments to be made that shows like Duck Dynasty, Real Housewives and WWE RAW are scripted, I’m not tracking them here.

  • Jake

    True Blood , Breaking Bad , DEXTER : The best cable shows that I am going to miss next year … :/

  • silvit

    @Jake

    Is True Blood getting canceled? I think only Alan Ball is leaving.

  • Andoni

    Netflix is going to support AMC and Fox TV production-wise. That is a major reason as to why AMC is reviving it.

  • DeanW

    What AMC is waiting to Renew The Walking Dead ? It hasa higher demo than The Big Bang Theory and its viewership is the highest for a cable Show.

  • John A

    @Dean W Its probably a 2 or 3 year renewel for TWD and maybe negotiating a episode order.

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